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Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the Week

Where else will you be able to hear chamber music one minute and an astrophysics presentation the next?

Correlating with the Santa Fe Institute’s InterPlanetary Festival, the New Mexico Performing Arts Society has designed an intergalactic show to combine art and science. Saturday’s “Music of the Spheres” shows include a program from the New Mexico Bach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, an exhibition by Arizona-based painter Tina Mion, readings from Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice,” and a slideshow presented by University of New Mexico astrophysicist Dr. Patricia Henning.

According to the event’s organizers, Henning will explore humans’ place in the universe, with a presentation that will include images of galaxies that she and her students have recently found. If weather permits, UNM’S Physics and Astronomy Department will also host a Star Party following the second show.

The show’s program is divided into three parts: the solar system, the stars and galaxies. The musicians will play classical compositions inspired by celestial bodies, as well as movements from Johann Sebastian Bach’s unfinished “Art of the Fugue.”

The performances are at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary’s gymnasium, 50 Mount Carmel Road. General admission is $35. Premium seating is $42.50. A separate buffet dinner ticket is available for $33, or $65 for a couple. Dinner can be eaten before or after the show. To purchase, find the link at nmpas.org or call Hold My Ticket at 877-466-3404.

The T Sisters will perform at the San Miguel Mission. (Courtesy of Southwest Roots Music)

IN TOTAL HARMONY: An indie/Americana sister group is bringing its harmony-laden repertoire to Santa Fe on Friday, ahead of the group’s performance at Albuquerque’s Folk Festival the following day. The T Sisters are Bay Area natives, but the trio’s bluegrass-esque, folksy tracks sound straight out of the heartland. Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen have opened for big names like the Indigo Sisters and Todd Rundgren. The sisters also performed internationally this year as part of the State Department’s “American Music Abroad” program. The T Sisters concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the San Miguel Mission, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail. Tickets are $25 at brownpapertickets.com.

PALACE COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS: About 200 objects from the Palace of the Governors are currently on display in the Albuquerque Museum’s “A Past Rediscovered.” To partner with the exhibit tracking centuries of Santa Fe’s history, the Museum of New Mexico press has published a book highlighting notable pieces from the Palace’s collections. The book will debut Wednesday at Collected Works.

The objects picked out by museum staff include photographs, maps, books, religious art and other rarities housed in the 400-year-old landmark built originally for Spanish leaders. The book includes chapters written by current and former museum staff, including former director Andy Wulf, 19th- and 20th-century curator Cathy Notarnicola, and Spanish Colonial Art curator Alicia Romero.

The book launch, which includes a panel discussion and book-signing, is from 6-8 p.m. at Collected Works, 202 Galisteo. The book costs $34.95.

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